Want to add a great mid-layer to your wardrobe that isn’t a quilted vest or sweater? Try a
Spend any time shopping around or reading any menswear site (like this one!), and you’ll probably come across the term “shirt jacket.”
Wait a second… hold up. Is it a
To that, we say: Yes.
Shirt jacket, shacket, overshirt: What’s the difference?
The world of
First things first, a
Now, you’ve probably heard the trusty
These terms are interchangeable, since you’re getting the same type of build, silhouette and layering potential. Today’s pick is an Everlane Heavyweight Overshirt, but again, it’s a
shirt jackets made of?
Shirt jackets are a great layer during the colder months, since they come in a variety of weights. You can find them in heavier fabrics like wool, or lighter fabrics like brushed cotton.
For example: If you want a classic
If you want something that straddles the line between old-school and new-school, go with the military-inspired Flint and Tinder CPO Shirt Jacket (it’s made with cotton, so it’s lighter-weight than some of the other options on this list).
Shirt Jackets We Love and Recommend
How should a
shirt jacket / shacket / overshirt fit?
So we’ve covered typical
In general, you’re going for a more relaxed fit. You need room to layer underneath, so this makes sense. Keep in mind that most
If you find one true to size, that means you can take your normal
What To Wear With Your
To keep things simple, we’re utilizing the same Everlane heavyweight
So let’s get into the outfits!
Shirt Jacket Outfit #1: Everyday Adventures
The fall and winter season can throw all kinds of curveballs your way, which makes it all the more important to layer up accordingly! Enter the durable overshirt, paired up with an ever-so-classic henley.
Add in a pair of slim and equally timeless blue denim, then slide into some casually rugged moc toe boots (this pair is actually curated by John Legend for Sperry’s holiday collection).
Of course, the right accessories are a key final step.
Stay warm with a solidly made
With these picks in tow, you’re ready for anything.
Shirt Jacket Outfit #2: Rugged Yet Refined
- Classic peacoat
- Heavy overshirt
- Oxford shirt
- Tan chinos
- Tan leather wingtips
- Brown leather dress watch
Trust us when we say the right shacket offers more versatility than expected. For instance, you can wear your
Here, the shacket takes the place of a traditional blazer. It adds a nice bit of contrast underneath a classic (yet bold) peacoat.
The crisp Oxford
Pick up a field
Shirt Jacket Outfit #3: Day-to-Night Style
If you haven’t yet dipped your toe into the world of
For an easy outfit option that goes and goes all day long, pair your
The light blue chambray
Your trusty moc toe boots are back and pulling double duty. No matter what the day throws your way, you’ll be layered up in style.
Shirt Jacket Outfit #4: Edgy Seasonal Layering
Don’t think you need to stow away your other layers now that you’ve got a
And when you rock it with a rugged henley, you’re adding another layer to combat the cold while looking mighty cool. You could certainly rock your faded black selvedge denim if you so choose, but olive chinos are a nice change of pace.
To really drive things home on the style front, tough work boots with a classic build are the right way to go.
Shirt Jacket Outfit #5: Back to Business
Believe it or not, you can wear your
To keep things rugged yet refined, brown leather chukka boots tie things together in a way that works for fall and winter.
Why You Need a
Shirt Jacket This Season
With its rugged good looks and versatility, the
It’s ready to team up with a peacoat or a denim jacket, and the right
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